Japanese grant to provide clean water for 10 clinics
Ten clinics in the Eastern Region are to receive clean and safe water supply under a $119,964 Japanese grant.
The grant from the Government of Japan, under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) Scheme, will provide safe water to improve sanitation and delivery of quality health services. The initiative will benefit about 55,056 people in the region.
The clinics are: Kwakyekrom in the Akuapem South District, Aworasa in the West Akim District, Adonkwanta in the East Akim District, Kwaboadi also in the Akyemansa District and Twepease in the Birim North District.
Others are, Atuobikrom in the Kwahu South District, Akpo-Akpamu and Obenyemi in the Yilo Krobo District, Konkoney in the Upper Manya District and Ayansu in the Asuogyaman District.
Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Naoto Nikai, after signing the contract with the Hunger Project, an NGO, in Accra yesterday said the project would provide safe water at the various clinics.
He said the support would go a long way to assist in cases such as child deliveries and other medical treatments.
The ambassador added that constant supply of clean water at the clinics would reduce infections leading to mortalities, pointing out that, there will also be regular supply of clean water for consumption’.
‘The government of Japan continues to prioritise health-related projects in Africa, making this our 59th project embarked upon in the country,’ Mr Nikai said.
The Country Director of the Hunger Project-Ghana, Mr Samuel Afrane, said when the request for the project was finally approved by the Japanese government, the people in the 10 communities, ‘jumped and danced with joy that knew no bounds.’
‘They were happy because lack of safe water in these remote and deprived rural communities is a major challenge that will be addressed through this funding support,’ he added.
Mr Afrane stated that in the past, nurses posted to work in the community clinics either failed to report or stayed for a short period due to the absence of safe water, which according to him, affected health services delivery.
That, he said, also undermined the national effort to achieve the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) including the reduction of maternal and child mortality.
Mr Afrane assured the ambassador that the Hunger Project-Ghana would effectively carry out the project within the time frames already agreed upon between the two parties.
By Charles Andoh/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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